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The symbol shows the location of the Ramsey (IoM) transmitter which serves 2,500 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Ramsey (IoM) mast?

No problems on any service. BBC

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Ramsey (IoM) transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 V max
C39+ (618.2MHz)136mDTG-3100W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

 V max
C45- (665.8MHz)136mDTG-3100W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)136mDTG-6100W
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 58 Freeview channels?

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The Ramsey (IoM) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice +1, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports HD, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network +1, PBS America +1, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Shopping Quarter , Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Movies Action, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together, Yesterday.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Ramsey (IoM) transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 166km southeast (125°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 166km southeast (125°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Ramsey (IoM) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1730 Jun 2020-

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 18 Jun 09 and 16 Jul 09.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 100W
Analogue 1-4(-10dB) 10W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Douglas transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Granada Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Ramsey (IoM) was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015
c button
8:04 PM

Tried disconnecting booster - bypassed it with aerial. No signal whatsoever. Tried retuning to north west and to isle of man as secondary. Wonder if manx telecom phone exchange tower is causing probs as it it 20 metres from back door! Carol b IM8 2LZ

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c button's 3 posts GB
Wednesday, 23 December 2015

12:09 AM

c button: is your booster a masthead? Try just a cheap portable aerial - you might be fine.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Saturday, 16 January 2016
c button
7:35 PM

Have tried everything you suggested. Problem much worse - pixellated recep/drop out on all channels. Aerial man checked conns but reckons that Ulster going fully digital in Sept 2014 has interfered with signal, esp chann 23 28. Also 4G mast outside may be causing probs. Next door on left - no probs. Next door on right retunes every other day! Giving up now! Can't cope with not being able to watch QI and have read 20 books since 1 Jan! Thanks for help.

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c button's 3 posts GB

11:14 PM

c button: Should there be any suspicion that 4G transmissions are possibly responsible for your problem, then contact a company called at800 as seen on the undermentioned link, as they have up to date info on any 4G installations that may have taken place in your area, likewise if verified, will send you a filter for your aerial system totally free of charge, said filter being inserted in line with your TV's aerial input socket.

Contact us | Advice or general enquiries | at800

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Monday, 27 May 2019
8:21 AM

I am considering buying a new aerial to receive the Freeview transmission from Ramsey which is line of sight but about 3 miles away. There is one item I find confusing and that is your description of the aerial polarisation.

you state this:
"H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)"

Which is it please or do I require a helical aerial?

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Malcolm's 2 posts GB

8:54 AM


I'm afraid you have misread the information. The reference to H/V is to explain what that means. Against each multiplex it shows they are all vertically polarised so you need an aerial mounted for Vertical polarisation reception. No TV transmitter uses 'helical' polarisation. You would be advised to have a wideband aerial fitted so it will be suitable for use if/when any further changes are made.

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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Chris Wallis
1:22 PM

Up to 6 weeks ago I was able to access channels 10 and 81 they now show up as active but receive no signal has there been any changes im8 2es postcode

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Chris Wallis's 1 post GB

2:16 PM

Chris Wallis:

There have been no specific changes just affecting those channels (assume you mean ITV3 & Talking Pictures). Now the Ramsey transmitter is a Freeview Light transmitter and doesn't transmit the ArqB multiplex that carries Talking Pictures, see Digital UK | Channel listings

Either you are not tuned to Ramsey at all, or are possibly picking up just the COM4/5/6 muxes from another transmitter.

Check which way your aerial is pointing. Putting your postcode into the DigitalUk coverage checker Coverage Checker - Detailed View shows the predicted reception from the various transmitters.

Enter your sets tuning menus to see which UHF channels you are actually tuned to which may help. You might also want to check all your coax connections, at least unplug them and re-plug them to try and ensure no dirty or bad connections.
Something else worth trying if all else has failed is to unplug the aerial and do an automatic tune which will clear all previous tuning & channels. Then plug the aerial back in and do a manual tune for the UHF channels for the multiplexes on your preferred transmitter(s).

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